IDPH announces states first case of P.1 COVID-19 variant – KCCI Des Moines

The Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday that the state has its first case of SARS-CoV-2 P.1 in Iowa. The P.1 COVID-19 variant was originally found in Brazil and Japan. State health officials said they’re still learning about the characteristics of the strain. The variant was discovered in Johnson County by the State Hygienic Lab. The state is working with the individual to find out more about the exposure to the variant. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 497 cases of the P.1 variant in the United States. The CDC says the P.1 variant has three mutations and impacts the transmission and antigenic profile.Iowa medical providers say vaccines still play a key role and will continue to do so no matter what variants emerge. “The immune system remembers and will continue fighting this variant and it’s not necessarily associated with increased severity,” explained Dr. Jorge Salinas, an epidemiologist with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Three days ago, the IDPH announced reports of the U.K. variant of COVID-19 at a care facility. The IDPH reminds Iowans to wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash their hands regularly and get tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19.

The Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday that the state has its first case of SARS-CoV-2 P.1 in Iowa.

The P.1 COVID-19 variant was originally found in Brazil and Japan. State health officials said they’re still learning about the characteristics of the strain.

The variant was discovered in Johnson County by the State Hygienic Lab. The state is working with the individual to find out more about the exposure to the variant.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 497 cases of the P.1 variant in the United States.

The CDC says the P.1 variant has three mutations and impacts the transmission and antigenic profile.

Iowa medical providers say vaccines still play a key role and will continue to do so no matter what variants emerge.

“The immune system remembers and will continue fighting this variant and it’s not necessarily associated with increased severity,” explained Dr. Jorge Salinas, an epidemiologist with the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Three days ago, the IDPH announced reports of the U.K. variant of COVID-19 at a care facility.

The IDPH reminds Iowans to wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash their hands regularly and get tested if they have symptoms of COVID-19.